Took a first timer today. He had never see a turkey up close and personal so I took him to my lease and we made a rough 20 min ride in the mist and fog. Took a twenty min walk and I set the dekes out and fell up against a tree. It was no time we had birds popping off all around us. One was directly behind us and a group of 5 and a couple of hens in front of us. I told the rookie to get ready the bird behind us would join that big bunch. Sure enough the old long beard hit the ground and gobbled hard. I told rookie to be still then the bird hammered again standing right behind us about 2 feet. The rookie looked at me and I said don't move just don't move. Next thing I know the bird walks right by rookie at 10 steps and never saw us. I said shoot, Shoot, SHoot, SHOOTthe da... bird and he just sat there. By the time I got moved and on him he was two far away. My blood pressure went through the roof. I said What the he... are you doing. Why the he... did you not shoot. He said said I was waiting for you to tell me when..to shoot...I started laughing so hard I cried. I said well rookie..you just let a once in a life time bird just walk away. Next time SHOOOT. He asked was that a big one. I said Rookie..That bird had at least an 11 inch beard...We did not hear another bird all day.. Fog sat in and it rained until 8. I guess the rookie will learn but I bet he will Shoot next time after all the text messages I sent out kicking him to all his friends. All I can do is pray for the boy... ....I going back monday to kill that bird.
Dream like you are going to live forever, Live like you are going to die tomorrow...James Dean